Trail conditions

Banff National Park

Important information

Be extra cautious when engaging in any activities to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on emergency response, search and rescue teams, and on the health care system.

CAUTION! Avalanche danger

You are responsible for your own safety. Check the Avalanche Bulletin for the latest conditions.


Vehicle parking is limited to designated areas only. Roadside parking is prohibited. Signage and monitoring will be used throughout the park to inform the public of parking restrictions and encourage compliance.


Dogs are allowed on all trails in the summer unless otherwise specified in trail restrictions and closures. Refer to the information below to find out about any special restrictions. Keep dogs on leash and under physical control at all times.

 

Wildlife and you

When you see wildlife, give them space for your safety and their survival. If you’re out on the trails, travel in tight groups of 4 or more, stay alert, make noise, carry bear spray and know how to use it.

Know before you go!

Closures and restrictions

For a complete list of ongoing closures and restrictions, please visit our Important Bulletins page.

For more information, please contact us:

 Banff: 403-762-1550

 Lake Louise: 403-522-3833

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 Banff Visitor Centre

 Lake Louise Visitor Centre

Town of Banff Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Banff Legacy Trail: Banff–Banff East Gate Good. 20-06-2024: Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Easy Banff Legacy Trail: Vermilion Lakes–Bow Valley Parkway Good. 20-06-2024: Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Easy Fenland Loop Good. 20-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed; Numerous trees down on trail; Trail details
Easy Spray River East Trail Good. 20-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Biking excluding e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Easy Marsh Loop Fair. 20-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Frequent Horse Use; Trail details
Easy Spray River West Trail Good. 20-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Biking excluding e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Easy Tunnel Campground Loop Good. 20-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Biking excluding e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Easy Healy Creek Trail Good. 20-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Biking excluding e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Moderate Sundance Canyon Trail Good. 17-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Westside Trail Good. 17-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Biking excluding e-bikes is allowed; Snow patches; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Trail Fair. 17-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Snow covered sections; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Mountain Summit Trail Good. 17-06-2024: Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Trail Good. 17-06-2024: Watch for ticks; Wet and muddy sections; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Moderate Upper Stoney Trail Fair. 17-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Cascade Amphitheatre Trail Caution. 17-06-2024: Snowbound at higher elevation; Avalanche risk, use caution; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Bench Loop: Coastline Trail Good. 17-06-2024: Watch for ticks; Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Bench Loop: Teddy Bear's Picnic Trail Good. 17-06-2024: Watch for ticks; Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Bench Loop: The Spine Trail Good. 17-06-2024: Watch for ticks; Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Technical Trails: Return of the Jedi Trail Good. 17-06-2024: Watch for ticks; Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Technical Trails: Star Wars Trail Good. 17-06-2024: Watch for ticks; Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Moderate Goat Creek Trail Good. 17-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Biking excluding e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Difficult Topp Notch Trail Good. 17-06-2024: Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed; Trail details

Lake Minnewanka Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Cascade Ponds Loop Good. 17-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections;  
Easy Stewart Canyon Trail Good. 17-06-2024: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Johnson Lake Loop Good. 17-06-2024: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate C-Level Cirque Trail Fair. 17-06-2024: Deadfall on trail; Snow above treeline; Snowbound at higher elevation; Trail details
Moderate Lake Minnewanka Trail: Stewart Canyon–Aylmer Pass Junction Good. 17-06-2024: Deadfall on trail; Watch for ticks; Biking excluding e-bikes is allowed; Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Lake Minnewanka Trail: Aylmer Pass Junction–Devil's Gap Good. 16-06-2024: Deadfall on trail; Watch for ticks; Biking excluding e-bikes is allowed; Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Aylmer Lookout Trail Good. 16-06-2024: Deadfall on trail; Watch for ticks; Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Aylmer Pass Trail Not recommended. 16-06-2024: Avalanche terrain; Deadfall on trail; Snowbound at higher elevation; Trail details

Bow Valley/Castle Junction Area

From May 1 to June 25 and August 30 to September 30, the Bow Valley Parkway Cycling Experience restricts public vehicles on the parkway's 17 km eastern end, from the Trans-Canada Highway junction to Johnston Canyon. Vehicle access to the popular Johnston Canyon Trail and campground will remain open during the pilot via Castle Junction (the intersection of Highway 93 South and the Bow Valley Parkway/ Highway 1A, and the west end of the Bow Valley Parkway. Visit parks.canada.ca/banff-bow-valley-parkway for more information.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Johnston Canyon Trail Good. 16-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Ink Pots Trail Good. 16-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Easy Boom Lake Trail Poor. 16-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Trailhead–Vista Lake Good. 16-06-2024: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Vista Lake–Arnica Lake Not recommended. 16-06-2024: Snowbound; Trail details
Moderate Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Arnica Lake–Twin Lakes Not recommended. 16-06-2024: Snowbound; Trail details
Moderate Healy Pass Trail Not recommended. 16-06-2024: Avalanche terrain; Snowbound; Trail details
Moderate Bourgeau Lake Trail: Trailhead–Bourgeau Lake Not recommended. 16-06-2024: Avalanche terrain; Snowbound; Trail details
Moderate Bourgeau Lake Trail: Bourgeau Lake–Harvey Pass Not recommended. 16-06-2024: Avalanche terrain; Snowbound; Trail details
Moderate Redearth Creek Trail Good. 16-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Moderate Rockbound Lake Trail Not recommended. 16-06-2024: Avalanche terrain; Snowbound; Trail details
Moderate Castle Lookout Trail Good. 16-06-2024: Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Cory Pass Loop Not recommended. 16-06-2024: Potential stream crossings; Parking lot closed.; Avalanche terrain; Snowbound at higher elevation; Trail details

Lake Louise Area

Snow covering all trails. Depth of snow varies with trail aspect and elevation. Hazards such as treefall, slippery sections, difficult route-finding and avalanche exposure are all possible due to snow coverage.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Tramline Trail Good. 19-06-2024: Note: A trail advisory is in effect from May 15 until October 15 to help protect and improve important wildlife habitat. Hikers are asked to use alternative routes such as the Louise Creek Trail. Cycling is permitted on Tramline trail.; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Difficult Taylor Lake Trail Poor. 19-06-2024: Snow at high elevation ; Risk of post-holing; Wet and muddy sections; Deadfall on trail; Trail details
Easy Bow River Loop Seasonal closure in effect 21-06-2024: Trail sections along the west side of Bow River CLOSED from May 15 to October 15; Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Louise Creek Trail Good. 21-06-2024: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Fairview Lookout Trail Fair. 21-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Great Divide Trail Good. 21-06-2024: Parking lot closed.; Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Moderate "Highline" trail to Paradise Creek Caution. 19-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Deadfall on trail; Unmaintained trail;  
Moderate Lake Agnes Trail Fair. 19-06-2024: Snow patches; Icy sections; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details
Difficult Ross Lake Trail Not recommended. 09-06-2024: Deadfall on trail; Unmaintained trail; Trail details
Moderate Big Beehive Trail Hazardous conditions. 19-06-2024: Snowbound; Switchbacks from Lake Agnes to Big Beehive are steep, snowy and hazardous. Not recommended.; Access to Big Beehive from (Mirror Lake) Highline is snow covered; Trail details
Moderate Little Beehive Trail Poor. 21-06-2024: Snow covered sections; Icy sections; Slippery sections; Trail details
Moderate Mirror Lake Highline Trail Poor. 21-06-2024: Snow covered sections; Icy sections; Slippery sections;  
Moderate Big Beehive to Plain of Six Glaciers Trail Caution. 19-06-2024: Avalanche debris on trail; Snow covered sections; Risk of post-holing; Trail details
Moderate Plain of Six Glaciers Trail Caution. 19-06-2024: Avalanche debris on trail; Snow covered sections; Risk of post-holing; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details
Difficult Fairview Mountain Trail Hazardous conditions. 19-06-2024: Snowbound; Not recommended; Risk of post-holing; Trail details
Moderate Saddleback Trail Not recommended. 19-06-2024: Snowbound at higher elevation; Risk of post-holing; Trail details
Difficult Sheol/Paradise Connector Trail Hazardous conditions. 19-06-2024: Snowbound; Unmaintained trail; Not recommended; Risk of post-holing; Trail details
Moderate Pipestone Trail Good. 21-06-2024: Mainly dry; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Lake Louise Lakeshore Trail Good. 21-06-2024: Mainly dry; Trail details

Paradise Valley Area

Moraine Lake road is closed to personal vehicles year-round. Shuttle services to Moraine lake begin June 1st. See reservation.pc.gc.ca for Parks Canada shuttle bookings. Snowy conditions on all trails.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Lake Annette Trail Caution. 19-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Sections of deep snow; Deadfall on trail; Snow at high elevation ; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details
Difficult Sentinel Pass - Paradise Valley Connector Trail Hazardous conditions. 19-06-2024: Avalanche terrain; Snowbound; Avalanche danger rising with increasing daytime temperatures; Unmaintained trail; Trail details
Difficult Paradise Valley and Giant Steps Trail Not recommended. 19-06-2024: Snowbound; Unmaintained trail; Risk of post-holing; Trail details

Moraine Lake Area

Moraine Lake road is closed to personal vehicles year-round. Shuttle services to Moraine lake begin June 1st. See reservation.pc.gc.ca for Parks Canada shuttle bookings. Snowy conditions on all trails.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Consolation Lakes Trail Bear Warning. 21-06-2024: Grizzly bear(s) in area; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Rockpile Trail Bear Warning. 21-06-2024: Grizzly bear(s) in area; Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Moraine Lake Highline Trail Bear Warning. 21-06-2024: Grizzly bear(s) in area; Snow patches; Trail details
Easy Moraine Lakeshore Trail Bear Warning. 21-06-2024: Grizzly bear(s) in area; Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Eiffel Lake Trail Bear Warning. 21-06-2024: Grizzly bear(s) in area; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Larch Valley/Minnestimma Lakes Trail Bear Warning. 21-06-2024: Grizzly bear(s) in area; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Difficult Sentinel Pass Trail Hazardous conditions. 21-06-2024: Snowbound; Dangerous snow conditions; Not recommended; Trail details
Difficult Wenkchemna Pass Trail Bear Warning. 21-06-2024: Grizzly bear(s) in area; Snowbound; Dangerous snow conditions; Not recommended; Trail details

Skoki Area

Skoki backcountry not recommended due to snowbound conditions.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Difficult Hidden Lake Trail Poor. 13-06-2024: Snow covered sections; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Difficult Boulder Pass Trail Not recommended. 13-06-2024: Snow covered sections; Sections of deep snow; Risk of post-holing; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details

Icefields Parkway Area

Snow covering all trails. Depth of snow varies with trail aspect and elevation. Hazards such as treefall, slippery sections, difficult route-finding and avalanche exposure are all possible due to snow coverage.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Mosquito Creek Trail Good. 21-06-2024: Mainly dry;  
Difficult Molar Pass Trail Snow at higher elevations. 21-06-2024: Snow at high elevation ; Snow patches; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Difficult North Molar Pass Trail Not recommended. 19-06-2024: Snowbound; Risk of post-holing; Trail details
Moderate Helen Lake Trail Not recommended. 13-06-2024: Snowbound at higher elevation; Risk of post-holing; Trail details
Difficult Dolomite Pass Trail Not recommended. 19-06-2024: Snowbound; Trail details
Moderate Bow Glacier Falls Trail Fair. 19-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Extensive trail erosion; Trail details
Easy Peyto Lake Viewpoint Trail Caution. 13-06-2024: Slippery sections; Icy sections; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Stay on designated trails and viewpoints; Trail details
Easy Bow Summit Lookout Trail Hazardous conditions. 09-06-2024: Snowbound; Avalanche terrain; Avalanche danger rising with increasing daytime temperatures; Trail details
Moderate Chephren Lake Trail Fair. 19-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Unmaintained trail; Deadfall on trail; Trail details
Moderate Cirque Lake Trail Fair. 19-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Unmaintained trail; Deadfall on trail; Trail details
Difficult Glacier Lake Trail Good. 21-06-2024: Mainly dry; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Mistaya Canyon Trail Good. 21-06-2024: Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Sarbach Lookout Trail Fair. 09-06-2024: Unmaintained trail; Deadfall on trail; Trail details
Moderate Sunset Lookout Trail Fair. 09-06-2024: Not yet maintained; Deadfall on trail; Trail details
Moderate Sunset Pass Trail Not recommended. 09-06-2024: Snowbound at higher elevation; Unmaintained trail; Deadfall on trail; Trail details
Moderate Nigel Pass Trail Caution. 19-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Deadfall on trail; Trail details
Difficult Parker Ridge Trail Not recommended. 19-06-2024: Snowbound; Risk of post-holing; Not recommended; Trail details
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